Xbox One to Exclusively Show Documentary on Notorious Atari E.T Game

By Gerald Lynch on at

In case you hadn't heard, it ain't all about gaming on Microsoft's Xbox One console -- the Redmond company is positioning it as a one-device-to-rule-them-all living room entertainment beast. That includes commissioning original TV content, and it sounds like Microsoft has just bagged a corker.

Xbox Entertainment Studios has just announced the console will air an original documentary series to be produced alongside production company Lightbox, helmed by Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s 30 Days and PBS’s American High).

The first show? A documentary about the Atari's infamous E.T The Video Game. If you're not familiar with the story, it's an incredible one, an urban myth among gamers -- widely considered one of the worst games of all time, it was a terrible commercial flop and played a role in Atari's eventual downfall, with the company said to have buried several million copies of the game in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. It's certainly one to watch when it lands on the Xbox One at an as-yet-undisclosed point in 2014, and seems to bode well for Microsoft's programming intentions.